Tension from the cream tube: how emulsifiers dehydrate your skin
August 21, 2019
Dry skin tightens, itches and shows fine lines, redness or rough spots. Do you regularly stand in front of the mirror and ask yourself, why only? There are several reasons. A tendency to dry skin may be innate. However, the problem is often homemade, with something you would never suspect: emulsifiers.
Emulsifiers: That’s why your skin tenses after cleansing
When the skin tenses on the face, the first impulse is creaming. For many, the first choice are creams with soothing fats, so that the unpleasant feeling disappears. At the same time, they usually contain a lot of moisture, because they are just missing. In principle, the combination of fats and water is also correct. The problem is that both substances need a kind of coupler to combine with each other, the so-called emulsifiers.
The emulsifier turns oil and water into an emulsion that feels good and absorbs quickly. A dream team you could mean. But the emulsifiers have a catch: even on the skin, they can not let the coupling.
While the nourishing substances of the cream have long been absorbed, the emulsifiers accumulate in the skin and diligently combine fats and water. With no cream left, they use whatever is left and couple their own fats with water that comes to your skin, for example, when showering or washing your hands.
This is how the skin’s own fats dissolve out of your skin barrier and are gradually washed away, the so-called washout effect. You probably already know this phenomenon: Do you often cream your hands and wonder why they are always so dry? Et voila.
The result: Your skin is getting creamier and washing with each time.
What to do? To solve your problem in the long term, it helps you to understand how healthy skin normally balances its moisture balance. In a perfect world, she would need no help from the outside.
Skin in balance supplies itself
Your sebaceous glands produce fats that protect your skin. Sweat provides moisture. And both are linked together via the skin’s own emulsifiers such as fatty acids. When the skin is in balance, it produces everything in the right amount.
Use cosmetics without emulsifiers
Unfortunately, the many pollutants, environmental influences and impurities from the outside make it difficult for your skin. Cleaning is of course necessary, but it also interferes with the natural processes. Almost all shower gels, soaps or dishwashing detergents already contain emulsifiers in the form of surfactants. So you do not really get around, but you can reduce the amount to a minimum.
Use emulsifier-free facial care. Use the natural power of your skin simply by moistening it with water and soothing it with pure shea butter, our emulsifier-free shea butter cream or nourishing oils. Your skin makes its own emulsion from these additions, which last longer and have no yo-yo effect. Bring your skin back into balance, it will thank you.